What's the best way to close out our Toy Fair 2012 coverage? With a look at those who work the hardest, and sweat the hardest, while still keeping in mind that their show much go on. Scott's taking a look at the costumed-Americans, the faces of those faceless companies shilling hard. He's talking about… the mascots.
Once a year all the mascots in the industry gather together in a great big mascot party outside of Toy Fair. It's open to the public, but you probably never thought to go! Never fear, dear readers. Because I was there, and I'll tell you all you missed. Especially when it comes to that freaky horned monster at the back. Don't worry, he's cool.
After the jump, Scott presents a short but sweet tribute to those crazy little monsters who only exist so they can catch your eye. Join us inside!
Did you know mascots were of Scottish descent? Well, if they're not, why were bagpipers providing music for the triumphant mascot march around the lobby? I figure maybe someone's rider demanded "as much Scotch as possible" and the staffers just misunderstood.
Mrs. Fisher Cat was very polite when she was outside of her booth, but if you talked to her in private she had all kinds of underhanded comments regarding her co-workers.
I know that happy Hoo-Hoo the Bear was named to be cute and cuddly, but… well, it's just impossible not to giggle when you hear a woman yelling WHO WANTS TO COME AND SEE HOO-HOO at the top of her lungs. Maybe next year consider a new name for this poor friendly bear? He only wants to be loved.
Much like Vinnie Vincent's "Ankh-Man" ushered out the makeup years of Kiss, these latest Power Rangers prove that, without Zordon, nobody on the team can figure out how to make a decent mask. For real, is that guy in blue sporting a pot leaf for a face? What happened to you, Power Rangers? You used to be cool.
The Gruffalo looked a little creepy, but he turned out to be a really nice guy who always helps his friends. Also he's the star of a book called The Gruffalo, even though it's not really a biography. Be aware the sequel book is called The Gruffalo's Child which proves this fella's some kind of playa. Aw yeah, girl. Come to Gruffalo.
Meet Bubbles the Dolphin! We'd like to say Bubbles is a kind and well-meaning dolphin who only travels the world happily spitting soap bubbles from his mouth, but the reality is that Bubbles is terrifying. See that creepy locked grin and cold, hidden eyes? Bubbles has done some things, people. Bubbles has done things so bad that he doesn't want anyone to look him in the eyes ever again. Forget the Gruffalo. Be afraid of Bubbles.
This member of Ty's new "Monstaz" line might look cute… but what's that he's wearing? Why, it's tiny little Monstaz! That's right, this is a species that uses its own young as jewelry. Not since the Ewoks almost roasted Han Solo has something so cute turned out to be so dangerous.
And so, as the last two pink-haired mascots bouncy-shoe strut their way into the sunset, we say goodbye to the mascots of Toy Fair 2012. Good luck to all of them as they try to store their costumes for another year.
That's it! Our Toy Fair 2012 coverage is over! And good thing, too, because we want to play with all the freebees we got from the booths. Thank goodness the weekend's coming up.